If you are a self-employed professional who works from home either part of the time or every single day, you know the benefits of this convenience. Your commute is only a few footsteps into the next room. All the coffee you need to stay awake is right in the kitchen. And, your lovable poodle is always at your side. (more…)
Small businesses are the economic engine of America. Did you know that there are more than 28 million registered small businesses in the United States? Cumulatively, SMB’s represent a 99.7% of national employers, and they are responsible for generating over two million new jobs in the United States annually.
Cities and towns know that small businesses are important to job creation. However, the cost of renting business space is accelerating in many areas of the United States, to the extent that it may jeopardize economic growth. Read: “How Rising Commercial Rents Are Threatening Independent Businesses, and What Cities Are Doing About It”. (more…)
Becoming a freelancer and going out on your own can happen in a number of ways. Sometimes planned, and sometimes not- either way can be daunting.
The first time I was self-employed was pretty easy, about a third of my day was out and about meeting with suppliers, moving products around and talking with clients. It was later on when I was providing a service as a Digital Marketing Consultant that I noticed a difference, but is was not straight away. (more…)
What does your desk say about you? Keeping a clean and tidy desk isn’t just one of those things that’s “nice” to do. It can set the stage for a less stressful and more productive day, every day. It also sets a good example for your employees! (more…)
Working from home sounds like a dream come true, doesn’t it? You can sleep in late and come to “work” in your PJs. You don’t have to answer to anyone, and you can take as many breaks as you want. While all of these things are true (to some degree, anyway), there’s a price to pay for treating your home office more like home and less like an office. Often, the cost is decreased productivity. Sure, you should be comfortable, but you’re still running a business – be sure to keep the space around you reflecting that!
Keep a Dedicated Room – No Distractions
You should have a dedicated room for your office. Don’t use the living room or breakfast nook in the kitchen. A lot of people do this. It’s a huge mistake. Huge. Why? Because there are so many distractions around you. Spouses, kids, and even normal household items like ticking clocks, pets, the temptation to turn on the TV while you work, and even the UPS delivery man stopping by periodically throughout the morning.